In much of the world, soccer is known as "football" and the American president is referred to as "The Ameriking." Embrace cultural differences without using your hands with today's Groupon: $15 gets you a parking pass, pregame sideline pass, and ticket to a Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer match (a $33 value). Choose from the following three games:
- Versus FC Edmonton on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
- Versus FC Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
- Versus Montreal Impact on Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Previously known as Miami FC, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are a new crew of talented players and the only professional soccer squad that call South Florida home. The team plays at the 18,500-seat Lockhart Stadium as a member of the newly restructured North American Soccer League. Join in with the legions of fútbol fanatics that crowd the stadium to root on the home team to flawless victory. Those who show up early can walk out onto the sideline before the game starts to judge the turf condition and ensuing synchronized stretching routines.
The first iteration of the North American Soccer League began in 1968 and dissolved in 1984, but 2011 marks a new beginning for the Strikers. Watch as the current lineup tries to re-create the glory and hairstyles of the 1989 ASL-champion Strikers team. Forwards Aaron Wheeler and David Santamaria will be anchoring the attack, and Nic Platter and Matt Glaeser vye for the starting goalkeeping spot. First-year head coach Daryl Shore takes the reins after a 10-year stint as an assistant coach for the Chicago Fire of MLS.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
The original Strikers were born in 1977, when the Miami Toros moved to Broward County. Donning their popular red-and-gold hooped uniforms, the team experienced instant success—so much so that Lockhart Stadium underwent two seating expansions to accommodate the club's rapidly growing fan base. During those years, a playoff game between the Strikers and New York Cosmos drew a crowd of 77,691, which still stands as the record for a U.S. Pro League soccer match and most people squished into a single soccer net.
Even with all their success, the Strikers relocated to Minnesota after the 1983 season. The team returned five years later, and for more than two decades, competed as part of several leagues. Finally, after a failed attempted to bring Major League Soccer to Miami, the Miami FC of the United Soccer League decided to officially adopt the Strikers moniker and move to the North American Soccer League for the 2011 season. The Strikers didn't waste any time announcing their rebirth, as they made the league's championship series that same season.